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A review of the early week practice participation reports

WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***A.J. Green was cleared to return to practice by Dr. Robert Anderson earlier this week but didn't work out on Wednesday. That was reportedly a planned rest day, however, and there continues to be optimism that Green will return this week. Marvin Lewis told reporters, "From my seat, we'll see him out there." Green still needs to return to football-related activity and prove himself capable of practicing without any setbacks. Expect more detailed reports after Thursday and Friday practice.

***Sony Michel remained limited in practice coming out of New England's bye week but told reporters he felt "better" and "strong" on Wednesday. He will play this week.

***Marcus Mariota was cleared to throw on Wednesday but did very little. He confirmed he was unable to return to last week's game because nerve symptoms related to his stinger did not improve. As with his earlier season elbow injury, it becomes difficult to predict whether those symptoms will resolve quickly if they aren't improved within the first minutes after the injury. Consider him questionable -- but hopeful -- to play this week. Thursday's practice participation is critical. If he's not showing improvement, he will be limited at best on Monday night.

***Jimmy Graham will reportedly try to play through a broken thumb. He'll need a splint strong enough to protect his injury and small enough to allow him to reliably catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. That seems an incredibly difficult ask. Graham didn't practice today and likely won't on Thursday. However, he'll need to test whatever splint the Packers fashion before game time. He's still to the doubtful side of questionable.

***Rob Gronkowski is considered likely to play. The Patriots have not updated his status this week.

***Joe Flacco is still not practicing. He's unlikely to play this week.

***Sam Darnold was expected to play after the Jets' Week 11 bye but did not practice today and is now considered doubtful to play. Ryan Tannehill and Josh Allen are both expected to return.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

Here are the key players listed on the practice participation or game status report for Thursday Night Football:

Chicago at Detroit

***Mitchell Trubisky is fighting a shoulder injury. There have been conflicting reports about the exact nature of Trubisky's injury but strong consensus that he does not have enough strength and range of motion in the shoulder to play. The Bears have listed him doubtful but he will not play. More on Trubisky's injury in Monday's Injury Rounds article.

***The short week also made it impossible for Kerryon Johnson (knee sprain) and Marvin Jones Jr (knee bruise) to recover in time to play. Both have been declared out.

***The Lions have also listed eight players questionable, including Michael Roberts (shoulder). There have been no local reports on Roberts' status this week. He has not played in two weeks with this injury but managed a full week of limited practices. Watch the inactive list for Roberts' final status. If he plays, expect him to see near his pre-injury number of snaps and routes.

Washington at Dallas

***Chris Thompson remains out with a rib injury. Jamison Crowder is listed questionable but did not participate in walk throughs this week. He will likely join Thompson on the inactive list. It's unclear whether Trent Williams will be able to play with a cast on his broken thumb. He remains a game-time decision.

***Adrian Peterson and Jordan Reed were listed on the injury report earlier in the week but fully practiced and should see their usual workloads.

***Tavon Austin (groin) and Geoff Swaim (wrist) have been declared out. Although the Cowboys have multiple offensive linemen dealing with injury, all will play and the remainder of their offense is healthy.

***Sean Lee and David Irving remain out for the Dallas defense.

Atlanta at New Orleans

***Tre'Quan Smith did not participate in walk throughs until Wednesday. He's listed questionable with a foot injury. While there's no guarantee he plays, he told reporters he believes he can play saying, "In my eyes, I'm playing tomorrow."

***The Falcons are not yet ready to activate Deion Jones. He has again been ruled out.

***New Orleans will be without tackle Terron Armstead another week.


EARly week PRACTICE PARTICIPATION & EARLY EXPECTATIONS

The Wednesday and Thursday practice participation reports are our first chance to see which players each NFL team are limiting in practice after the previous week's games. Players limited in mid-week practice aren't necessarily in danger of missing that week's game. But they all need to be watched closely.

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

Quarterbacks
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Aaron Rodgers GB Knee Full Expected to play
Cam Newton Car Shoulder Limited Expected to Play
Tom Brady NE Knee Limited Expected to Play
*Marcus Mariota Ten Game-time Decision
Joe Flacco Bal Hip DNP Likely Inactive
Ryan Tannehill Mia Shoulder Limited Expected to Play
Sam Darnold NYJ Foot DNP Likely Inactive
Josh Allen Buf Elbow Full Expected to Play
Derek Anderson Buf Concussion Limited Backup if Active
Running Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Melvin Gordon III LAC Hamstring Full Expected to Play
Austin Ekeler LAC Neck Limited Likely to Play
Sony Michel NE Knee Limited Expected to Play
Mike Davis Sea Knee Limited Likely to Play
Isaiah Crowell NYJ Ankle Full Expected to Play
Elijah McGuire NYJ Foot Full Expected to Play
Peyton Barber TB Ankle / Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Ronald Jones II TB Hamstring Full Likely to Play
Kenyan Drake Mia Shoulder Limited Game-time Decision
Doug Martin Oak Ankle Limited Likely to Play
Chris Ivory Buf Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Darren Sproles Phi Hamstring DNP Inactive
Wide Receivers
Team
Injury
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Adam Thielen Min Calf / Back Limited Expected to Play
A.J. Green Cin Toe DNP Likely to Play
Keenan Allen LAC Finger Full Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams LAC Quad DNP Awaiting Information
Julian Edelman NE Foot Full Expected to Play
Doug Baldwin Sea Groin DNP Expected to Play
*Keke Coutee Hou Hamstring Awaiting Information
Randall Cobb GB Hamstring Limited Game-time Decision
DeSean Jackson TB Thumb Limited Expected to Play
Chris Godwin TB Ankle Full Expected to Play
Devin Funchess Car Back DNP Awaiting Information
Torrey Smith Car Knee Limited Game-time Decision
Robby Anderson NYJ Ankle DNP Game-time Decision
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Ankle Limited Likely to Play
DeVante Parker Mia Shoulder Limited Game-time Decision
Danny Amendola Mia Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Jakeem Grant Mia Achilles DNP Inactive
Pierre Garcon SF Knee DNP Awaiting Information
Jordy Nelson Oak Knee Limited Game-time Decision
Dwayne Harris Oak Foot Full Expected to Play
Martavis Bryant Oak Knee DNP Inactive
D.J. Chark Jr Jac Quadricep DNP Awaiting Information
DaeSean Hamilton Den Knee Limited Awaiting Information
Tight Ends
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rob Gronkowski NE Ankle / Back Limited Likely to Play
Jimmy Graham GB Knee / Thumb DNP Likely Inactive
David Njoku Cle Knee Limited Expected to Play
Charles Clay Buf Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Erik Swoope Ind Knee DNP Inactive
Offensive Tackles
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Jermey Parnell Jac Knee Limited Expected to Play
Marcus Gilbert Pit Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Cordy Glenn Cin Back DNP Awaiting Information
D.J. Humphries Ari Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Laremy Tunsil Mia Knee Limited Game-time Decision
Ja'Wuan James Mia Knee Limited Game-time Decision
Kolton Miller Oak Knee Limited Expected to Play
Demar Dotson TB Knee / Shoulder Limited Expected to Play
James Hurst Bal Back DNP Inactive
Offensive Guards
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Gabe Jackson Oak Pectoral Full Expected to Play
Kelechi Osemele Oak Knee Limited Expected to Play
Mike Iupati Ari Back Full Expected to Play
Tom Compton Min Knee Limited Likely to Play
Mike Remmers Min Back Limited Likely to Play
Shaq Mason NE Calf Limited Expected to Play
D.J. Fluker Sea Knee Limited Game-time Decision
Lucas Patrick GB Concussion DNP Likely Inactive
A.J. Cann Jac Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Josh Walker Jac Foot / Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
Jesse Davis Mia Elbow Full Expected to Play
Ted Larsen Mia Neck Limited Awaiting Information
James Carpenter NYJ Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Knee Full Expected to Play
Centers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Ryan Kelly Ind Knee DNP Inactive
Jason Kelce Phi Elbow Full Expected to Play
Rodney Hudson Oak Ankle Limited Expected to Play
Travis Swanson Mia Elbow Full Expected to Play
Spencer Long NYJ Knee / Finger Full Expected to Play
Weston Richburg NYJ Knee Limited Expected to Play
J.C. Tretter Cle Ankle DNP Likely to Play
Mason Cole Ari Calf Full Expected to Play
Russell Bodine Buf Shoulder Limited Likely to Play
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Joey Bosa LAC Foot Full Expected to Play
Everson Griffen Min Toe Full Expected to Play
Jason Pierre-Paul TB Knee / Shoulder DNP Expected to Play
Mario Addison Car Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Carl Nassib TB Elbow Full Expected to Play
Nick Perry GB Knee DNP Inactive
Shaq Lawson Buf Elbow DNP Awaiting Information
Andre Branch Mia Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Mike Daniels GB Foot DNP Inactive
Stephon Tuitt Pit Elbow DNP Likely Inactive
Marcell Dareus Jac Back DNP Likely to Play
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Calf Limited Awaiting Information
Margus Hunt Ind Knee Full Expected to Play
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Reuben Foster SF Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Jordan Hicks Phi Calf DNP Likely Inactive
Lavonte David TB Knee DNP Inactive
K.J. Wright Sea Knee DNP Inactive
*Zach Cunningham Hou Knee Awaiting Information
Shaq Thompson Car Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Anthony Barr Min Hamstring Full Expected to Play
Josh Bynes Ari Wrist / Hip Limited Likely to Play
Deone Bucannon Ari Chest DNP Likely Inactive
Brandon Marshall Den Knee DNP Likely Inactive
Nick Vigil Cin Knee DNP Inactive
Matt Milano Buf Concussion Full Expected to Play
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Budda Baker Ari Knee DNP Awaiting Information
Clayton Geathers Ind Knee DNP Likely to Play
Malik Hooker Ind Hip Limited Likely to Play
Shawn Williams Cin Hamstring Limited Likely to Play
Reshad Jones Mia Shoulder Full Expected to Play
T.J. McDonald Mia Knee Limited Expected to Play
Andrew Sendejo Min Groin DNP Likely Inactive
Marcus Maye NYJ Thumb / Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Justin Evans TB Toe DNP Likely Inactive
Kentrell Brice GB Ankle Limited Awaiting Information
Bradley McDougald Sea Knee Limited Likely to Play
Karl Joseph Oak Ribs Limited Likely to Play
Jalen Ramsey Jac Groin Limited Expected to Play
Xavier Rhodes Min Foot Full Expected to Play
Xavien Howard Mia Ankle Full Expected to Play
Kevin King GB Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Bradley Roby Den Concussion DNP Awaiting Information
James Bradberry Car Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Dre Kirkpatrick Cin Shoulder DNP Awaiting Information
Kenny Moore II Ind Back Full Expected to Play
Nate Hairston Ind Ankle Limited Likely to Play
Gareon Conley Oak Groin Full Expected to Play
Daryl Worley Oak Shoulder Limited Likely to Play
Morris Claiborne NYJ Shoulder Full Expected to Play
Taron Johnson Buf Shoulder Limited Likely to Play
Sidney Jones Phi Hamstring DNP Likely Inactive
Jalen Mills Phi Foot DNP Awaiting Information
Rasul Douglas Phi Knee / Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
Avonte Maddox Phi Knee / Ankle DNP Awaiting Information
M.J. Stewart TB Foot DNP Likely Inactive
Kickers
Team
Injury
Practice Participation
Game
Status
FBGs
Expects
Wednesday
Thursday Friday
Phil Dawson Ari Hip Limited Expected to Play

Note: Asterisk denotes Monday night players who practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

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